Epitaph (including Anti) pull out of emusic

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Epitaph (including Anti) pull out of emusic

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an epitaph for epitaph

Crap. Just when I finally subscribed. Bummer.
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I have to say i love that note to the customers though. Without dogging Epitaph for their decision to pull out of eMusic, they clearly and concisely make their argument for NOT charging their customers more--and then back it up with some pretty tasty business analytics:
...99 cents a song is not an acceptable price point for all consumers. That’s one reason why eMusic exists and has been so successful; those consumers who are willing to spend more on music (provided the price is right) do so with us. You spend more than 14 times as much as the average iTunes customer at a time when per capita spending on all music and audio is under $24. You buy twenty times more music than the average iTunes customer.--BOLD added for emphasis.
eMusic seems to understand the fundamental basis to supply-side economics: the customer sets the price, not the seller. If people don't buy it, then you're not selling anything, regardless of how high or low you think the price is. The rest of the industry could learn a thing or two from these guys.
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Post by cat153 »

I've had an emusic subsciption for several years now and I love it. I came to the digital party very late and was reluctant to switch from cd's but I have to say I probably won't ever go back to purchasing cd's with any serious frequency.

I have the $75/month option for 300 downloads. I chose that option because of the wide range of options from gospel, folk, old country/bluegrass, to classic jazz and world music and that's not even mentioning the huge selection of indie.

I used to purchase a ton of cd's every week and spend well over a hundred for less music. I very rarely buy cd's any longer and with few exceptions do not listen to anything not on emusic.

I will probably purchase several future cd's from anti (tom waits, jolie holland, etc). However, I used to routinely check out anti releases even if i hadn't heard of the artist b/c of the strenght of the label. That won't be happening any longer with me. They will lose exposure and awareness of their emerging artists due to this decision...a sad thing for everyone.
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cat153 wrote:I have the $75/month option for 300 downloads.
Do you use it up every month? Do you listen to everything you download?
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I have to say that I do listen to everything though it's rare that I listen to everything more than once or twice unless I really like it.

I think I've only missed using the all the DL's one month...I thought they accrued but you lose them monthly if you don't use them. Sometimes by the end of the month I have to scour to find stuff...my usual 'go to' for that is the Smithsonian Folkways series...great americana.

I really think 300 might be too much for me at this point so might downgrade to 200 if I can but for now, I am happy with it...basically you get 25 cd's for $75.
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That dude from Slipknot is a pretty good drummer.
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Post by andy »

I was more bummed when Drag City pulled out a few months ago. There was a lot more from Drag City that I was hoping to get. Way more than form Epitaph. But that's just me. I'm more of a sleazy hippie than an aging punk.

Drag City's response at the time was that they couldn't justify paying their artists so little ("peanuts" was the word they used) for their products. But in the context of the supply-side argument I guess that means they still weren't selling it cheap enough. Isn't that the argument, that you'll make more money if you sell it cheaper?
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andy wrote:Isn't that the argument, that you'll make more money if you sell it cheaper?
I think the argument is that if you give people an easy way to buy stuff for a price they are willing to pay, you'll make more money than if people just download it for free from p2p services.

I know that personally, I am not willing to pay 99 cents for an AAC/M4A file. I just don't think that's good value for the money.
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Jake wrote: I think the argument is that if you give people an easy way to buy stuff for a price they are willing to pay, you'll make more money than if people just download it for free from p2p services.

I know that personally, I am not willing to pay 99 cents for an AAC/M4A file. I just don't think that's good value for the money.
And, again, for me it depends on the genre and artist. I am not at all concerned with compression on a Justin Timberlake or Kanye song, but Elliott Smith requires full range fidelity. I use the iTunes quite a bit and it's an easy, relatively cheap service.
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